The Women in Science of ACA share what inspires them to fight for the environment

April 21, 2017

Using a scientific approach to conservation is at the core of how we achieve our mission of protecting the Amazon. Our biological stations serve as research hubs for scientists from all over the world to study the rainforest, and we count on the leadership of three incredible women to support hundreds of studies every year. Check out some testimonials from these inspirational powerhouses changing the face of conservation in the Peruvian Amazon. 




The Women in Science of ACA share what inspires them to fight for the environment, photo of Carla MereFor me, research and science are means of innovation, creativity, and communication; they are tools to help us discover the unknown with the hope for a better future. As a woman scientist, I would like to see more of us working and leading projects towards a more equitable, just and sustainable world, breaking down all gender-based stereotypes. I truly believe that we have the capability, strength and power to enrich and deepen the knowledge of nature, opening new opportunities for innovation and original solutions to the most difficult challenges on Earth. 

– Carla Mere, biologist at ACA’s Los Amigos Research Station.




photo of Cecilia Barriga, female ACA scientistSince I was a kid, I had the opportunity to live and be in touch with natural environments, which make my empathy and interest for animals and plants grow. I think I was lucky to receive a good education and motivation at home as well as at school, because I never thought I couldn’t be a scientist. Though it is not an easy path, especially in a developing country, I believe that here where we need science the most. Many times girls don’t even think about becoming scientists, but it is a worthy path that is needed so much right now to protect the only planet we have.

– Cecilia Barriga, biologist at Villa Carmen Research Station



Photo of Sandra Almeyda, female ACA scientistI have had the privilege of contributing to the creation and management of natural reserves, wildlife rescue operations, environmental education programs, and research on forest and wildlife ecology in the Tropics. Science allows me to fulfill my personal desire to contribute to nature conservation for the enjoyment of future generations. Now one of my main goals is to inspire young scientists and provide them with opportunities to follow their passion, to experience science first hand, and to fall in love with this profession, like I did.

– Sandra Almeyda, biologist at Wayqecha Research Station.